Acceptance of Evolution of Species at the Root of Decline of Christianity

Acceptance of Evolution of Species at the Root of Decline of Christianity

September 6, 2017
Posted by Tantumblogo

Some interesting analysis by the protestant author Phillip E. Johnson in his book Defeating Darwinism on the role evolution plays in the political/cultural attacks on Christianity and its undermining from within our Faith. In brief, even noted leaders of the materialist-scientific left have admitted that what they are positing is in essence a new religion in competition to Christianity (as I have personally maintained for years), but perhaps their greatest success in weakening Christianity as a counter-cultural force has come from the “conversions” they have won among “Christians” themselves, most notably among the leadership of most “mainline” protestant sects and within the Catholic Church itself.

Basically, we are confronted with a choice – accept Darwinism and the materialist secularist ethos, which posits that either there is no God, or, if He is permitted to exist, that he is a distant and uncaring Creator who is not involved a whit in human lives, or be a believing Christian*. Do choose wisely (excerpts cut and paste from pp. 98-101 [with Tantumblogo’s comments in brackets]):

Julian Huxley was the grandson of Thomas Henry Huxley, also known as “Darwin’s bulldog,” because he was the most important early champion of Darwin’s theory. TH Huxley had also invented the word agnostic to describe his own religious views. Julian Huxley was one of the scientific founders of the neo-Darwinian synthesis, the modern version of Darwin’s theory. He was also the promoter of a naturalistic religion called evolutionary humanism, and the founding secretary general of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. In short, Julian Huxley was one of the most influential intellectuals of the mid-20th century, and 1959 was the high-water mark of his influence [1959 being the centennial of Darwin’s publishing On the Origin of Species] . Here are some excerpts from Huxley’s remarks at the centennial celebration:

“Future historians will perhaps take this Centennial Week as epitomizing an important critical period in the history of this earth of ours – the period when the process of evolution, in the person of inquiring man, began to be truly conscious of itself………This is one of the first public occasions on which it has been frankly faced that all aspects of reality are subject to evolution, from atoms and stars to fish and flowers to human societies and values – indeed, that all reality is a single process of evolution. [Hmmm……an all-encompassing philosophy that claims to explain all of life, where it came from (nothing), what it means (nothing), and what moral behaviors must be accepted or rejected (those of the connected elite)……sounds kinda like a religion to me]

“In 1859 Darwin opened the passage leading to a new psycho-social level, with a new pattern of ideological organization – an evolution-centered organization of thought and belief. [This is sort of an aside, but there is also a profound political angle to all this. There is a very strong correlation between leftist politics and both support of evolution/scientific materialism and rejection of Christianity. These go hand in hand. Indeed, leftist politics are simply the governmental arm of the religion of sexular paganism or scientific materialism. But don’t think this is just incidental. Darwin’s theory did not evolve in a bubble. He set out to establish a scientific belief that would be gravely harmful to Christianity. I increasingly believe that, at least among the upper hierarchy of leftist power-brokers, their war against Christianity is as deliberate as Soviet purges of the Russian Orthodox Church, and for the exact same reasons – their hellish omnipotent state can have no competitor for the love of the souls of men.]

“In the evolutionary pattern of thought there is no longer either need or room for the supernatural. The earth was not created, it evolved. So did all the animals and plants that inhabit it……….

“……Finally, the evolutionary vision is enabling us to discern, however incompletely, the lineaments of the new religion that we can be sure will arise to serve the needs of the coming era”. [sexular paganism – and yes, 1959 was a time when this new false demonic religion was becoming readily discernible to those with eyes to see]

In short, the triumph of Darwin implied the death of God and set the stage for replacing biblical religion with a new faith based on evolutionary naturalism. That new faith would become the basis not just of science but also of government, law, and morality. It would be the established religious philosophy of modernity. [And indeed, it has. I am largely unplugged from the culture, but what I still see has terrified me. In the past 15 years the acceptance of evolution as hard truth and Christianity as fantasy has exploded to a degree never before seen. We have seen government, law, and, especially, morality, collapse as this radical shift in belief has occurred. But how has this suddenly happened? Well…………]

………..The liberalized Christianity [of today] has been far more effective in legitimizing evolutionary naturalism than the explicit [and militant] atheism of Richard Dawkins……….Why repudiate Christianity explicitly when its rituals and language can be taken over and given a naturalistic meaning? [Remind anyone of anything that happened in the late 60s?! Something about a “new order?”] The death of God does not require the end of religion or even the end of the traditional Christian denominations. On the contrary, the new religion Huxley foresaw was already securely established within mainline protestant denominations. Liberal ministers and theologians try to “save” Christianity by “demythologizing” it – removing or downplaying those supernatural elements that are so embarrassing to modernists. [Indeed. The entire modernist heresy was nothing but an attempt to “reconcile” Catholicism with the theory of evolution, but with the Faith, of course, subordinated to the “fact” of evolution. Neo-modernism of the conciliar mold does exactly the same.]

……..Politically astute scientific naturalists feel no hostility towards those religious leaders who implicitly accept the key naturalistic doctrine that supernatural powers do not actually affect the course of nature. [Why would they? They recognize in those religious leaders co-religionists of a slightly different sect. That is to say, the religious leaders ultimately worship Darwin, even if they sprinkle a little Christobabble over it to make it more palatable to the masses.]

I am not a militant anti-evolutionist by any means, I have not argued against Carbon 14 dating, nor performed detailed studies on the weaknesses in the fossil record (which do, however, appear to be mammoth), nor have a completely firm and provable belief that the earth is exactly 6000 or 8000 or 10000 years old (though I do think it likely far, far younger than most all scientists believe) but I have for a number of years now basically disbelieved in evolution. I do so on the basis of a good bit of evidence but also as a conscious choice, because I believe in Jesus Christ and the Church He founded, and will not consciously permit anything to enter my thinking which poses a threat to that belief. There are many reasons for this. Far from the best reason, though an eminently practical one, is that belief in evolution buys me nothing, save some vague belief that I am somehow “educated” and part of the “in crowd,” while it threatens the most precious thing I can obtain in this life, the object around which this life of mine must and I pray always will revolve: working out my salvation with fear and trembling.

Having said that, as a degreed engineer I’ve certainly been through the secular materialist/pagan indoctrination camps and was never, ever much convinced. I always felt the culturally approved explanations of the “origin of species” involved far too much hand-waving and appeals to authority to be valid. As I’ve grown older, I’ve also come to surmise that the greatness and vastness of variety in God’s Creation are far beyond the capabilities of tidy little Victorian minds like Darwin’s to grasp, let alone describe.

*- There is a third option, but one that rarely lasts long. That is to try to balance between acceptance of evolution in a nominal sense while gutting/redefining large portions of Scripture to accord with this purported “scientific truth.” This is the tack many Christians have taken, but almost inevitably one must make a choice between belief in God and Sacred Scripture/Tradition, or this religion of men we are being sold. Experience shows that the large majority of those who open themselves up to dabbling in or considering evolution will fall away, or at best have a very confused and probably very cold faith.

The Church stood firmly against evolution for about 100 years, but silently, invisibly, far too many priests and others who rose to positions of power in the mid-20th century accepted its fundamental tenets. It is from this belief that the modernist threat was born, and it is no accident at all that one of the most influential modernists of the past century, and perhaps the intellectual guidestar of the disastrous Council, Tielhard de Chardin, was also an avid Darwinist, to the extent of even attempting to perpetrate frauds purporting to provide the “missing link” between humans and apes. See “Piltdown Man” and “Peking Man.”

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One comment on “Acceptance of Evolution of Species at the Root of Decline of Christianity

  1. While the thesis that evolution is absolutely deadly to the faith is obvious, I wouldn’t call it “the root of decline.” Decline happened before Darwin. Notably, the Protestant Revolt undermined the authority of the Church, especially of the pontiff. Denial of authority is a fundamental cause of decline.

    Right after Luther, Galileo raised Copernicus’ theory of a moving Earth to a fundamental attack on Scripture, including Genesis and more. St. Robert Bellarmine made it clear that the Scriptures define a geocentric universe. Hence, reducing Genesis to allegory or myth was a fundamental cause of decline of the Faith. Of course, evolution then fit nicely with a mythological Genesis.

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